The city was beautiful and we really enjoyed seeing as much of it as our time allowed.
|Not a bad picture for a phone!|
|Nice of this gull to land for the photo|
We attended some functions there that were work related for JD.
Two of them were rather formal.
We covered many tourist spots in San Francisco, but my favorite was Alcatraz. We had to get up at 4 a.m. to be in line by 5 a.m. to get one of the only 100 available same-day tickets; otherwise they are sold out weeks in advance. It was an awesome tour and has some fascinating history. It actually has an interesting history as a war post in the Civil War and military prison before it was converted to a federal maximum security prison.
Another interesting piece of information is that the American Indians claimed it in 1971 as "their" land. President Nixon allowed them to remain in possession of the island for about 19 months until they burnt down the warden's house and the light-house that was still in use. Why they would want to live in an old prison with no plumbing, water or electricity is beyond me, but the marks from their time is still there.
We did an extensive audio tour that even walked through the few attempted escapes, including one successful one until they probably drowned trying to swim the bay.
This is the closest that I want to experience a prison!
Especially the solitary cells in the dark!